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FALL/WINTER 2017-2018
Barth, Diane

BEST FRIEND BAD FRIEND: Untangling Your Beautiful, Bewildering Friendships with Other Women (nonfiction)

January 2018

World rights

This is a smart, accessible exploration of women’s friendships—of the mixture of challenges and emotions that accompany women as they move through the stages of their lives and relationships with other women.

The book will help women to think in new ways about their own feelings of need, vulnerability, anxiety, frustration, and satisfaction with their friendships. The author, a clinical psychologist who also writes a blog for the online edition of Psychology Today that has over three million readers, will detail the friendships of five specific women throughout their adult lives. These women are of different ages, have different personalities, they come from diverse cultural, ethnic and family backgrounds and have had varied life experiences, including children/no children, careers/jobs/stay-at-home moms, married/never married/divorced/widowed, popular/not popular, financially secure/insecure, good/bad relationships with parents and siblings. The chapters will integrate these real-life stories with easily accessible descriptions of research describing developmental, neurological, psychological and social issues that occur at each life stage.

Bechdel, Alison


March 2018

World rights
The bestselling author of FUN HOME and ARE YOU MY MOTHER? and winner of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Genius award is again writing an intensely personal and witty graphic memoir. Instead of writing about her family, however, this time she will explore her decade-by-decade pursuit of fitness, set against the historical/cultural context of each fitness fad. Through the decades, as Alison pursues downhill skiing, uphill skiing, martial arts, weightlifting, yoga, rollerblading, biking, hiking, home workout DVDs, and running, she also confronts her own creativity, vices, and her mortality. The dazzling musical adaptation of FUN HOME, which was adapted into a Broadway show, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015 and made Alison a well-known celebrity.
Rights sold: UK & Commonwealth/Jonathan Cape; French/Denoel Graphic

Burkus, David

HOW WE CONNECT (T) – business

April 2018

World rights

Does networking really work? Is building our address book a somewhat meaningless exercise? Why is it that the networking advice we get doesn’t seem to work as promised? How does technology affect our networking abilities and opportunities? Should we be sending out connection requests to people we don’t know? Or is it all just a big waste of time and energy? For years—even centuries—connecting with others has been seen as absolutely vital to one’s growth and success in business and in life. But the truth is, most of us are probably going about building our networks the wrong way. HOW WE CONNECT is not a how-to book on networking; rather, it’s an evidence-based book on how networks work, so readers can figure out how to make connections that are productive for them, both individually and for a whole organization. The science of networks often differs from conventional thinking about how relationships and connections work. How We Connect surveys this vast collection of research and offers simple explanations, practical applications, and rich examples. Reading like a cross between Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and Keith Ferazzi’s Never Eat Alone, How We Connect draws on a rich and successful tradition of books that combine social science with storytelling to offer real-world application of empirically proven concepts. Burkus is the author of UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.

Gottlieb, Lori


April 2018

World rights
Lori Gottlieb, a practicing psychotherapist, will give readers a rare view from both sides of the couch. Gottlieb breaks the fourth wall on the hallowed therapeutic process and shows us what therapists really think as their patients unspool their tales of woe. She brings those same attributes to bear as she brings us inside her own sessions with Wendell, the therapist who is helping her to deal with a major crisis in her life.  Gottlieb’s voice is smart enough to meet the experts where they are, and accessible enough to draw in the lay person who has no experience with therapy. Her approach is novelistic, and the counterpoint between her work as a guide to her patients, and her journey as a human being finding her way, is at the heart of this original, intensely readable project.  She demystifies a process that both intrigues and intimidates many people.
Gottlieb is the author of MARRY HIM: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough; I LOVE YOU, NICE TO MEET YOU: A Guy and a Girl Give the Lowdown on Coupling Up, and STICK FIGURE: A Diary of My Former Self.  Television rights to Warner Bros TV.

UK/British Commonwealth: Scribe; Dutch/Arbeiderspers; Norwegian/Tiden Norsk Forlag.

Tanzer, Molly


November 2017

World English

CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER is a Victorian-era fantasy inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which épée-fencing enthusiast Evadne Gray and her younger sister are drawn into a secret and dangerous London underworld of pleasure-seeking demons and bloodthirsty diabolists, with only Evadne’s skill with a blade standing between them and certain death. Note: épée derives from the 19th century Épée de Combat, and is the largest and heaviest of the three weapons used in sport fencing. We will publish the sequel in 2018.


Allison, Graham

DESTINED FOR WAR: America, China, and Thucydides’ Trap (nonfiction)

May 2017

World rights, except for simplified and complex Chinese translation (controlled by Inkwell)
When Athens went to war with Sparta 2,500 years ago, the Greek historian Thucydides identified one simple cause: a rising power threatened to displace a ruling one. As the eminent scholar Graham Allison explains, there have been sixteen instances in the past 500 years when great powers have found themselves in "Thucydides's Trap.” In twelve of those cases—from war between the French and the Habsburgs in the 16th century to the two world wars of the 20th—the results have been catastrophic. Today, Allison asserts, the same structural forces – the closest comparison would be World War I, when Germany threatened the supremacy of the British Empire -- could propel China and the United States toward war. He sketches several scenarios in which the U.S. and China might slide into a similar conflict; he also examines the instances in which two clashing powers have avoided disaster. Allison, director of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs , is the author of Lee Kuan YewNuclear Terrorism, and Essence of Decision. He has advised the secretaries of defense under Reagan, Clinton, and Obama.

Georges, Nicole

FETCH! (Graphic memoir)

April 2017

World rights

When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack -- just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in Nicole’s life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana. Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay. Georges’ previous graphic novel, Calling Dr. Laura, was sold to Editions Cambourakis in France and to Salamandra in Spain.

Kodas, Michael

MEGAFIRE: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame (nonfiction)

June 2017

World English

Translation rights: The Strothman Agency
Kodas, a renowned photojournalist and forest fire expert, travels to the most dangerous and remote wildernesses, as well as to the backyards of people faced with these environmental disasters, to look at the heart of this phenomenon and witness firsthand the heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing against time to stop it—or at least to tame these deadly flames. The narrative hopscotches the globe and takes readers to the frontlines of the battle both on the ground and in the air. Through this prism, Kodas zeroes in on a handful of the most terrifying of these recent environmental disasters in recent years, including the Black Saturday Fires that killed 173 Australians, in a page-turning narrative that puts a face on the brave people at the heart of this issue. Megafire will change the way we think about our environment and the essential precariousness of our world. Kodas is the associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

Stansel, Ian


July 2017
World rights

When Silas Van Loy flees home on horseback to avoid capture for his brother’s murder, he is soon followed by both the police and his brother’s wife, Lena, who is intent on exacting revenge. She reluctantly lets her trusted stable assistant join her in a journey across the wilds of Northern California in the hopes of catching Silas for one final showdown. Stansel follows the chase and shares the story of the brothers’ rise from hardscrabble childhood to their reign as the region’s preeminent horse trainers. This novel portrays the modern West and will appeal to readers of Larry McMurtry and Kent Haruf. IAN STANSEL’s story collection, Everybody's Irish, was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. He has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.

FALL-WINTER 2016-2017

Ferriss, Tim

TOOLS OF TITANS: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

December 2016

World rights
THE TIM FERRISS SHOW is one of the most successful podcasts on the market, with over 100 episodes that have been downloaded a staggering 100 million times. In each episode, Tim interviews one titan—a top performer from the worlds of business, technology, entertainment, sports, and beyond. Now, in TOOLS OF TITANS, Tim distills the key lessons learned from all these great men and women, to help readers in three distinct categories: to become healthy, wealthy, and wise. From Jamie Foxx to Cheryl Strayed to Peter Thiel to dozens of others, Tim draws out specific life lessons and tips from each featured titan, along with inspiring stories and observations. Tim adds his own reflections on how these tools have helped him, and how they can best be incorporated into every reader’s life. This is the ultimate self-help book, with advice across the gamut of our dreams and desires: financial, fitness, motivational, health and wellness, and how to live smarter and better.

Tim Ferriss is the author of the #1 New York Times best sellers The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body. He’s been called “The Superman of Silicon Valley” by Wired, one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and “the world’s best guinea pig” by Newsweek, which ranked him in its top 10 “most powerful” personalities on the 2012 Digital 100 Power Index. Tim’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Economist, and The New Yorker, among many others.

UK/Commonwealth rights to Vermillion/Random House UK; Brazil/Intrinseca; simplified Chinese/ CITIC; Czech/Jan Melvil; Dutch/Meulenhoff Boekerij; Finnish/ Viisas Elama Oy; German/MVG/Riva; Portuguese/Portugal/Leya; Romanian/Act si Politon; Ukrainian/Seven Colours.
Gallagher, Leigh

THE AIR BNB STORY: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy (nonfiction)

February 2017

World rights
This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online hotel platform that, in less than a decade, has become the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of co-founder CEO Brian Chesky, Airbnb has completely disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry: its $25.5 billion valuation is now equal to Hilton’s -- and larger than Marriott’s. Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores its astonishing success , along with the darker side of the story. Although Airbnb is beloved by the 80 million members of its “host” community and the travelers they shelter every night, that affection is not universally shared: regulators want to shut it down; hotel industry leaders wrestle with copying or killing it; local residents resent the constant parade of travelers; some hosts see property damage; and some analysts believe the company is dangerously overvalued. This is the first book solely devoted to Airbnb as well as the first in depth study of Chesky, as he steers the company through increasingly uncharted waters.

Rights sold: UK/Virgin Books/RH; complex Chinese/CommonWealth Magazine; simplified Chinese/CITIC; German/Munchner Verlag/Redline; Italian/Egea; Japanese/Nikkei BP

Morgan, Angela, Lynch, Courtney, and Lynch, Sean

SPARK: Leading Yourself and Others to Greater Success (business nonfiction)

January 2017

World rights
Pinpointing leaders is not an easy task. 

All managers know that within their organization there are certain key employees who are "sparks"--those rare individuals who have a natural drive not only to get the job done, but to go far beyond what is called for. These special employees truly get more accomplished in a day than others can in a week or more. These “sparks” are the unique and essential people in your workplace who can help transform your company in all sorts of magical ways. And it’s your job to find them, empower them, and enable them to become the true leaders they are destined to be.

Based on hard-earned insights and case studies gleaned from their military experience as well as corporate leadership training, Angie Morgan (US Marine Corps), Courtney Lynch (US Marine Corps), and Sean Lynch (US Air Force) reveal how you can pinpoint the sparks within your ranks, and how you can unleash them to take your company to the next level.
Mueller, Jennifer

CREATIVE CHANGE: Why We Resist It – What We Can Do to Embrace It (business nonfiction)

January 2017

World rights

All corporate leaders claim to want creativity; they need it for their company to compete and to grow. But according to research conducted by management professor Dr. Jennifer Mueller, the truth is that most of us do not like change, and we actually go out of our way to avoid it. And it’s not just CEO’s, but educators, parents, and other social leaders who resist new and creative ways of doing things. Is this just basic human nature at work? Do we have inherent prejudices that prevent us from recognizing better ideas? And if so, is there some sort of system or approach we can learn to be aware of our bias towards creative ideas? Based upon the latest psychological research in this field, along with numerous corporate case studies, this is the kind of provocative management book that will be discussed for years to come. Mueller is a distinguished academic who teaches at the University of San Diego.

Rights sold: Complex Chinese/Heliopolis; simplified Chinese/CITIC.

Phillips, Don T.

LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP TODAY: How Abraham Lincoln Would Approach 21st Century Issues (nonfiction)

February 2017

World rights
In the same editorial spirit as the author’s best-selling (over one million copies sold) classic LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP, and equally applicable to business managers and to those interested in politics, this new book by Don Phillips will apply Lincoln’s distinctive management philosophy to our modern-day issues, including such issues as women’s rights, civil rights, war, entitlement programs, political systems, environmental concerns, immigration, gay marriage, abortion, gun control, and torture.

Wallace, Melanie


January 2017

World rights

This moving novel chiefly concerns a teenage mother and her infant, who have been abandoned by a ne’er-do-well man in a rental cottage during the off-season in a New England vacation town. The young mother, who has suffered deeply, has secrets, and she is shown great compassion by the townspeople, who all have secrets of their own: the owner of the cottages for rent; the wealthy, reclusive widow who eventually allows the mother to live in a cottage on her property; the lawyer who handles the affairs of the recluse; and the widow’s daughter, who had fled the town as soon as she could. This portrait of a town and its inhabitants will stay with the reader for a long time. Below is a sales history for Melanie Wallace’s previous novels, which were published in the U.S. by MacAdam/Cage. Wallace is currently living in Greece.
Rights sold: Grasset/France


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